If you are going to be exercising outdoors this Winter, that can mean dealing with a lot of snow, ice, hail, rain, and sleet. Winter training has many challenges, but with the right kit, you’ll stay warm, dry, and comfortable – as long as you manage to get out of bed and make it to your session that is 😉
Your comfort level depends on many factors, including how intensely you’re exercising, how comfortable you generally are in the cold, and how long your session is, so your perfect Winter outfit may differ. However, below are good rules of thumb for dressing for Winter training, whether it’s in snowy, freezing conditions, or slighter warmer temperatures.
- Start off with a wicking sports bra (for females) and a wicking base layer. Warm breathable merino wool is a great base layer in the cold.For a guide to base layers read this Expert Advice on Baselayers
- Pull on a long-sleeved midweight fleece made from either non-itchy merino wool or polyester. Zip up tops are ideal for easy removal if you get too hot and can be tied around the waist.
- Slip on wicking socks that go up to your knee to keep your calves warm. Lightweight ski socks do just the trick; many are made of a natural and synthetic blend that keeps your toes warm without too much bulk. You can also choose to wear woolen leg warmers which can be rolled down or slipped off if you start to feel too hot.
- Wear warm running tights on your legs to insulate you fro the cold. Heat Holders thermal leggings are a great buy. Heat Holders Products
- Over the long-sleeve fleece, wear a fitted wind-stopping shell jacket. Running gloves will probabably be enough protect your hands and give you flexibility but it may be a good idea to have something a little warmer on top for those moments when you are cooling down and stretching or get yourself some pocket hand warmers to heat yourself up. Sometimes if you get your gloves wet your hands will get too cold so it’s great to have a back up option.
- Wear a lightweight hat so your head doesn’t get too sweaty. On cold days, wear a fleece neck warmer. It will keep your neck and chin warm while also helping to prevent burning lungs. We love Buff products for performance and versatility and there are some really cool designs too 😉 Buff Headware
- Water-resistant but breathable running shoes help make snowy or rainy conditions bearable for your feet. KEEN do a great range of comfortable shoes for all sorts of weather – find your perfect pair here KEEN Footware
- When it’s icy, convert any shoe to non slip with a a set of Yaktrax Run straps. Instantly get more traction and prevent slipping on hard snow or ice. YAKTRAX
If temperatures are chilly where you live but haven’t hit that freezing mark, you still need to dress for the weather. But while all of the above are Winter essentials where it snows, layering that much on your body may lead to a sweaty, uncomfortable session. General guidelines to follow when it’s not a biting cold but definitely nipping –
- Dress in layers, but leave out the insulating middle layer. Depending on the temperature, you may want to stick with a thin moisture-wicking fleeceand lightweight zipped jacket that you can easily take off when your body temperature rises.
- Look for a waterproof thin windbreaker with vents to keep you dry and comfortable if it’s raining, and choose a jacket with zipped pockets as well to stash any headgear or gloves when you warm up.
- If it’s windy, you probably will need running tights to help insulate your legs from the chill. If there’s not a lot of wind, regular fast-drying tights should work.
- If you find that hats trap too much heat while you run in warmer weather, look for ear-covering headbands that keep your ears warm while preventing overheating.
- If it’s raining, a lightweight, waterproof baseball cap will help keep water out of your eyes and sometimes having a lightweight peaked cap also helps to keep that low Winter sun out of your eyes.
- Rainy winters call for shoes that protect your feet, so look for shoes that have as little mesh as possible. Just be sure to wear non-cotton moisture-wicking socks and avoid puddles as much as possible.
- Gloves are still important in wamer temperatures, since cold weather can chill your extremities and cause discomfort while you exercise. Go for thin, wind-resistant gloves without the bulk, and stash them in your pockets after you warm up.
- And as always – Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF are still a good idea, even if you’re under cloudy skies. The sun’s UV rays can pass through clouds.